Following call by a society, Muslim Solidarity Forum (MSF), on Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah to apologise for his Christmas Day message or ‘quickly and quietly leave Sokoto,’ the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has again waded into the heat generated by the cleric’s Yuletide statement which berated President Muhammadu Buhari for his poor handling of affairs of the country and its citizens.
The Muslim group had described Kukah’s statement as ‘inciting’ and ‘provocative.’
During a press conference in Sokoto, the acting chairman of MSF, Sokoto Chapter, Isa Muhammad Maishanu, said Kukah’s message was a direct attack on Islam.
Most Reverend Kukah, the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese had declared in his last Christmas Day, among other things that, ‘no non-Muslim leader could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and gotten away with it.’
As Muslims groups followed up with condemnations on the cleric’s position, Kukah insisted by maintaining that he never insulted Muslims, adding that he was also misquoted in the portion of the message about coup.
Meanwhile, the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to the latest call for Kukah to apologise over his statement, describing the threats of MSF as laughable.
General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Joseph Daramola, insisted that the respected cleric spoke within the limits of his fundamental human rights.
“What do they want to do to him? Are they going to prosecute him? Are they suing him to court? Why would he apologise? Do they have the monopoly of right? How can they ask a whole consecrated Catholic Bishop for that matter to come apologise for airing his opinion?”